Apple is finally seems to be ready to show off a new iPad mini to the world, according to invites sent out to members of the media today. The invitations are likely for the unveiling of a smaller tablet device, set for announcement at an October 23 in San Jose at the California Theater at a 10 AM PT event.
The iPad mini is rumored to have a number of different characteristics, including an aluminum design with two color options like the latest iPhone 5, cellular network connectivity, a display that may not provide true Retina resolution in order to keep costs down, and an estimated delivery date of late October or early November. There are also rumors that Apple will introduce a slightly refreshed full-sized iPad at this event, with a Lightning dock connector and slightly improved specs. Price will be the big wildcard here, for the iPad mini especially: estimates range from as low as $249 to around $399 as a starting price for the new tablet.